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Michael Forman has been upped to senior veep of programming at UPN.

Forman will supervise all the netlet’s current programming. He will report to UPN entertainment prexy Tom Nunan.

Most recently, Forman was VP of UPN’s programming division. Previously, he worked two years as veep of primetime series programs at NBC Studios and as director of television at Brillstein-Grey Communications.

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PorchLight Entertainment has upped Michael Jacobs from VP to senior VP, worldwide sales.

Since joining PorchLight’s international distribution division in 1997, Jacobs has helped develop original film and TV projects. In his new position, he’ll helm marketing and sales of the company’s productions for domestic and international markets.

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Discovery Channel has upped Steve Burns to senior VP of production, and Bob Reid to VP of production.

Burns joined the Discovery Channel in 1992 from National Geographic Television. Most recently he served as VP of production. In his new role, he will helm long-range programming strategies, including preparations for the advent of new technology and identifying new program partnership opportunities.

Reid, a TV news veteran of more than 25 years, came to Discovery Channel in 1997 as an exec producer. In his new position, Reid will manage day-to-day operations of the network’s production team, and oversee production of Discovery Channel’s original programming.

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Miramax has upped John Rogers to senior VP of post-production.

In this newly created position, Rogers will continue to head Miramax’s post-production department, where he’s been since 1998. Department handles projects of both Miramax and its genre banner Dimension Films.

Rogers joined Miramax in 1991 as an inhouse editor in the production department. Rogers worked as an editor and assistant director before arriving at Miramax.

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Discovery Networks Intl. has named Cathleen Pratt as senior VP of worldwide integrated advertising sales. Pratt has been with Discovery since 1991, most recently as a VP of advertising sales for its Latin America/Iberia division.

Pratt will oversee development of multimedia marketing and advertising for the company’s international clients. Under her direction, all of Discovery’s advertising sales groups around the world will be linked.

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Fox Broadcasting Co. has upped Charles Kennedy to VP of programming.

Kennedy, who has been with Fox since 1989, most recently served as VP of program and market research, overseeing testing and gathering audience feedback for Fox pilots, series and on-air marketing campaigns.

In his new position, Kennedy will helm the creative administration of programs on the Fox schedule and support development of made-for-TV movies for the network.

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Franchise Pictures has named Hans Turner senior veep and chief financial officer and Andrew Kramer executive veep of business and legal affairs.

Turner will oversee all day-to-day financial, accounting and administrative matters for Franchise, while Kramer will supervise productions as well as its domestic and international distrib pacts.

Turner recently served in various financial executive capacities, including CFO of the Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Kramer was most recently a principal of the entertainment law firm Troop, Steuber, Pasich, Reddick and Tobey.

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Fox Searchlight has upped creative executive Lisa Fragner to head of East Coast production.

Based in Gotham, Fragner will oversee the company’s East Coast productions and be on the lookout for New York-based talent and material.

Fragner will be taking over the duties of production veep Michael Stremel, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Before joining Fox Searchlight three years ago, Fragner worked the production side of independent films, eventually becoming a production coordinator and second assistant director. Fragner has also worked as the inhouse production coordinator and bid researcher for the commercial division of Atherton and Associates.

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Fine Line Features has tapped Lina Catalfamo-Plath as manager of East Coast publicity.

Based in Manhattan, Catalfamo-Plath will execute publicity campaigns and oversee promotions for the company’s slate of releases.

Before joining Fine Line, Catalfamo-Plath was in publicity at Miramax.

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Comedy Central has upped Cathy Tankosic to senior veep, marketing.

Tankosic will head all of the cabler’s marketing efforts, including strategic direction, off-air creative, promotions and corporate affairs.

Previously, Tankosic served as veepee, marketing.

In another move, Comedy Central has upped Lynne Levey to VP, director advertising sales, Chicago.

In her new post, Levey will establish long-term business relationships with national advertisers.

Levey, who has been with the network for more than five years, became Chi’s office director in 1997.

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David Downs has been tapped senior veep of sports programming at Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications.

Most recently ABC’s senior VP of network operations and development at ABC, Downs will now report to Univision sports prexy Stephen Solomon.

A 21-year programming vet at ABC, Downs’ sports-related duties have included spearheading the net’s soccer coverage, televising many major league games and broadcasting both the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

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Terry Holmstrom has joined Fox Family Channel as VP, promotions. Holmstrom was most recently director, promotions, at Nickelodeon.

Based in New York, Holmstrom will be responsible for overseeing national consumer promotions and related marketing partnerships with advertisers. She will report to Tom Lucas, senior VP, marketing, Fox Family Channel, and Rick Sirvaitis, president, ad sales, Fox Family Worldwide.

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